You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war

Alistair Campbell

17th July 2006 Tony Blair’s Press Secretary Alistair Campbell is chased down the street by a Saddam Hussein lookalike near his home in north London. It was alleged that Campbell had a hand in altering government reports to justify going to war with Iraq. “Please remain. You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war.” When the invasion began, Hearst sailed directly to Cuba as a war correspondent, providing sober and accurate accounts of the fighting. Creelman later praised the work of the reporters for exposing the horrors of Spanish misrule, arguing, “no true history of the war . . . can be written without an acknowledgment that whatever of justice and freedom and progress was accomplished by the Spanish-American war was due to the enterprise and tenacity of yellow journalists, many of whom lie in unremembered graves.” William Randolph Hearst Not unlike the best of modern journalism until recently…